Lincoln Park, Chicago
Explore Pokémon habitats along a special 1.8-mile course in Lincoln Park with thousands of Trainers from around the world.
Enjoy Pokémon GO Fest 2018 Around the World
Can’t attend? There will be special Pokémon GO activities happening all over the world during Pokémon GO Fest 2018. Stay tuned for more information on how to participate.
#PokemonGOFest2018
Explore Pokémon Habitats
Lace up your most comfortable shoes and discover special Pokémon habitats that have emerged along a beautiful 1.8-mile walking course in Lincoln Park! Interact with unique spaces, discover the Pokémon that reside there, and fill in some gaps in your Pokédex.
Challenges and Rewards
Work together not only with the thousands of Trainers in the park, but also millions of Trainers around the world. Complete challenges throughout the way to unlock amazing global in-game rewards. More details about these challenges will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Conduct Research
Meet new friends and conduct research together within Lincoln Park to unlock exciting rewards.
Photo Ops
Commemorate the experience by snapping photos with your favorite Pokémon at the many awesome photo opportunities around the park.
Team Lounges
Cool off and recharge in one of the six team lounges, where you'll meet your fellow Instinct, Mystic, or Valor teammates.
Host Hotels
Special Pokémon GO Fest 2018 discounted rates are available while supplies last by clicking the hotel logos below. Note: Staying at a host hotel does not grant access to Pokémon GO Fest 2018. Pokémon GO Fest 2018 tickets are sold separately.
FAQs
Parking and Directions
Where is the Entrance to Pokémon GO Fest 2018?

Make your way to Lincoln Park and there will be two (2) Main Entrances to Pokémon GO Fest 2018.

  • The NORTH entrance is located at West Belmont Avenue and North Lake Shore Drive.
  • The SOUTH entrance is located at North Stockton Drive and West LaSalle Drive at the Benjamin Franklin monument.

Please note that your ticket purchase (General Admission – North Entrance or General Admission – South Entrance) designates your starting point. You MUST check in at the assigned entry point. The user experience is designed based on your starting point.

What are the Transit Options for Pokémon GO Fest 2018?

Here are some different transportation methods to help you come and go from Pokémon GO Fest 2018:

Airports

  • The two major airports in Chicago and in close proximity to Lincoln Park are listed below
    • Chicago Midway International Airport – distance to Lincoln Park: 14.2 miles (5700 South Cicero Avenue, Chicago IL, 60638)
    • O’Hare International Airport – distance to Lincoln Park: 14.3 miles (10000 West O’Hare Avenue, Chicago, IL 60666)

Public Transportation

  • Trips can be planned through the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) trip planner at http://www.rtachicago.org/
  • The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) provides train and bus routes to Lincoln Park, through the city and to both major airports. Additional information and route planning can be found at: http://www.transitchicago.com/
    • Closest NORTH entrance train stop (brown/purple line): Diversey, Belmont & Wellington
    • Closest SOUTH entrance train stop (brown/purple line): Armitage & Sedgwick
  • Metra’s commuter rail system can be used for traveling from the Chicago suburbs. Details on riding Metra to and from Pokémon GO Fest 2018 and a map of nearby Metra stations can be found at: https://metrarail.com/

Taxis

  • Grab a cab and get dropped off on West Belmont Avenue and North Lake Shore Drive for the NORTH entrance and North Stockton Drive and West LaSalle Drive for the SOUTH entrance. Then, head into Pokémon GO Fest 2018!

Parking

ADA Parking

Valet parking is available at 2960 North Lake Shore Drive (located on the west side of North Lake Shore Drive, between West Wellington Avenue and West Oakdale Avenue) and the Chicago History Museum Lot at 1730 North Stockton Drive (located on the west side of Stockton Drive, which runs parallel to Clark Street, just north of West LaSalle Drive) are fully accessible.

Chicago Transit Authority’s bus lines and rail stations are all equipped with accessible services. Visit www.transitchicago.com/accessibility to find out more about accessible services from CTA.

Ticket Information and Wristband Activation
Ticket Information and Wristband Activation

We hope to share the Pokémon GO Fest 2018 experience with as many unique Trainers as possible. For that reason, we are asking Trainers to attend only one day (Saturday or Sunday) so that more can enjoy the fun. Ticket purchasers are limited to purchasing a maximum of six tickets for one day only.

Approximately two weeks after your purchase, you will receive an email to finalize your ticket registration. All attendees must fill out the registration form. Registration is mandatory. Failure to register may result in access being denied.

Once you register, you will receive the Pokémon GO Fest 2018 welcome packet in the mail. Packet includes your QR code wristband and event guide.

Note that international purchasers will need to pick up their welcome packet at the Pokémon GO Fest 2018 Will Call booth.

You can activate your wristband at check-in PokéStops at your assigned entry point in Lincoln Park (North or South) starting at 10 A.M.. Upon check-in, the app will unlock the Pokémon GO Fest 2018 elements needed to participate in the event. Ticket holders may only attend one day of the event. Those who purchase a ticket and activate their QR code on Saturday, July 14 will be unable to see or interact with Pokémon within the park on Sunday, July 15 – even if a Sunday ticket is also purchased.

Please note: it is illegal to resell tickets in Illinois. Ticket holders who attempt to resell tickets, attend multiple days, or purchase more than 6 tickets will be in violation of the Pokémon GO Fest 2018 Event Terms and Conditions, and run the risk of having their Pokémon GO account permanently terminated and/or may have their access to Pokémon GO Fest 2018 rescinded without refund or compensation. More details on the registration process will be provided closer to the event.

All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult who is also a ticket holder.

Help/Information counters will be on-site to assist visitors who are having trouble checking-in via a PokéStop.

Guest Services
Guest Services

The Help/Information counters are located near the NORTH and SOUTH entrances of the festival in the team tents. Additional Help/Information tents will be set-up in the Park and are noted on the Map. Stop by to get answers to your questions, receive PokéStop registration help, learn about the festival’s ADA and accessibility plan, return found items or look for lost items and learn more about Pokémon GO!

TRASH Disposal
TRASH Disposal

Garbage/refuse collection and disposal is ultimately the responsibility of everyone. Any and all refuse generated must be properly disposed of in garbage receptacles located throughout the park. Please dispose of your trash in the correct recycling and regular receptacles.

Exit & Re-Entry Policy
Exit & Re-Entry Policy

All ticket holders are allowed to re-enter the festival throughout the day. Only ticket holders will be able to participate in the Pokémon GO Fest 2018 experience and specialized elements.

Allowed & Prohibited Items
Allowed & Prohibited Items

The following items are ALLOWED:

  • Clear Backpacks (Standard school-sized backpacks only. No frames or camping gear.)
  • Binoculars
  • Blankets, Sheets, Towels
  • Cameras (basic point and shoot consumer-grade cameras)
  • GoPro cameras without accessories
  • Sealed sunscreen lotion (no aerosol containers)
  • Empty hydration packs and water bottles (plastic or aluminum) Max size 36oz.
  • Pre-packaged food
  • Water – you may bring factory sealed bottles of water and refill them throughout the day at our free water filling stations
  • Collapsible Umbrella
  • Strollers

The following items are PROHIBITED:

  • Backpacks (Clear backpacks only. No frames or camping gear.)
  • Cigarettes, E-Cigs or Vaping devices
  • Aerosol containers (including sunscreen and personal beauty products)
  • Any and all professional audio recording equipment
  • Any and all professional video equipment
  • Camera accessories, such as selfie sticks, tripods, monopods, go pro mounts and attachments, or other commercial equipment
  • Drones or any other remote flying device
  • Totems, Flags, Banners
  • Coolers of any kind (exceptions may be made for medical use)
  • Framed backpacks
  • Hammocks
  • Glass Containers
  • Weapons or explosives of any kind (including firearms, pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, etc.)
  • Illegal and Illicit substances of any kind
  • Drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Alcohol of any kind
  • Professional-grade radios or walkie-talkies
  • Pets (except for service animals)
  • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons, carts (including red wagons) or any personal motorized vehicles
  • Tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind
  • Preparation or cooking of food onsite
  • Please do not affix anything to the trees or shrubs
  • Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, give-aways, samples, etc.
  • No chairs of any kind
ADA Accommodations
ADA Accommodations

Pokémon GO Fest 2018 is ADA compliant, including accessible entrances and restrooms. For more information, patrons are directed to visit the Help/Information counters during operational hours. The Help/Information counters are located near the NORTH and SOUTH entrances to the festival in the team tents. Services offered at the Info/Guest Services tent include, but are not limited to:

  • Answers to questions specific to the ADA access program
  • Information relevant to our patrons with disabilities
  • Power outlet for recharging powered mobility devices

If you encounter a guest with a disability who has any access questions or needs assistance, please direct them to the Info/Guest Services tent or call for ADA Assistance/Crowd Services on the Crowd Services Radio Channel.

A friendly reminder to be considerate of all Pokémon GO Fest 2018 attendees:

  • Never ask the nature of a person’s disability.
  • Never push a mobility device/wheelchair – but you can help clear crowds as appropriate.
ADA Parking & Transportation

Parking is available at 2960 North Lake Shore Drive valet parking (located on the west side of North Lake Shore Drive, between West Wellington Avenue and West Oakdale Avenue) and the Chicago History Museum Lot at 1730 North Stockton Drive (located on the west side of Stockton Drive, which runs parallel to Clark Street, just north of West LaSalle Drive) are fully accessible.

Chicago Transit Authority’s bus lines and rail stations are all equipped with accessible services. Visit www.transitchicago.com/accessibility to find out more about accessible services from CTA.

Patrons With Mobility Limitations

The festival grounds are ADA accessible, but please be aware that this is a venue with distances between attractions. The length of the experience is roughly 2 miles. Also, it is an outdoor festival situated in a park and across city streets. Therefore, most travel is over natural terrain and terrain designed for motor vehicles. If it should rain, there will be mud in some places. Pokémon GO Fest 2018 does not provide personal care, golf cart rides, or push services of any kind or wheelchairs for rent or loan. Guests should make arrangements in advance if a wheelchair is needed and plan to bring attendants, if needed.

Motorized vehicles, such as Segway’s and golf carts are not allowed.

Accessible ADA portable toilets are available at the end of the of each row of restrooms throughout the park.

Dietary Needs
Dietary Needs

Prepackaged food and bottled water is allowed in the festival, but there will be Food Trucks if you want to purchase food.

A patron requiring insulin is allowed to bring his or her medically necessary materials and medications provided all medicine has a prescription label with the patron’s name. Out of concern for the festival staff who handle the trash, patrons are expected to dispose of medical waste and syringes in the proper disposal located at the medical tent, located at Homebase. Please do not dispose of these items in other trash bins at the festival.

Pokémon GO Fest 2018 will have food vendors that provide special dietary options. Please visit the Help/Information counter for a full list of vendors and further information.

Service Animals
Service Animals
  • Animals and pets are not allowed within the festival grounds or attractions.
  • Guests with service animals will need to show documentation of service animal status to security upon entry.
Inclement Weather
Inclement Weather

The event will take place rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. No refunds will be given due to inclement weather. In the case of extreme weather, directions to the nearest shelters will be communicated via e-mail and text to the attendees. Shelter locations will also be listed on the event map.

Legal Terms
Legal Terms

By purchasing or obtaining a ticket or attending Pokémon GO Fest 2018, you agree to be bound by the Pokémon GO Fest 2018 Event Terms and Conditions, located here. Please carefully read the Pokémon GO Fest 2018 Event Terms and Conditions and, if after reading, you find that you cannot or will not agree to any terms or conditions therein, do not purchase or obtain a ticket or attend Pokémon GO Fest 2018.

Press
Press

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